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“Most Well Preserved Armored Dinosaur” Found in Canadian Mine

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An incredibly well preserved armored dinosaur fossil measuring 18 feet long was found in a Canadian mine on May 16, 2017, according to livescience.com.

The creature, scientifically knows as a “nodosaur,” has been carbon dated, and the age has been revealed as about 110 million years old stated Google News.

“It was a very slow reveal, but it was a very exciting one nonetheless,” stated Caleb Brown, a postdoctoral fellow at the museum, and a co-author of a study describing the new species, which he expects to be published in a peer-reviewed journal this summer, according to tyrrellmuseum.com.

“When the dinosaur died, Alberta was as warm as South Carolina is today, and sat on the coast of a shallow inland seaway that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. It’s unclear if the dinosaur drowned in the seaway or died on land and then got swept out to sea,” Brown said, reported livescience.com.

Because of the pressure in the water at the deep depth the creature died, the nodosaur’s body would have been subjected to severe bloating, eventually causing the creature to explode. This left only the armor the creature wore, according to Google News.

An interesting find at the site showed that there had been no scavenging of the animal, most likely due to the intense pressure at the depth of the former ocean. “It must have fallen pretty rapidly because we actually have a little impact crater from where it hit the bottom,” Brown said, stated Google News.

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5 Responses to ““Most Well Preserved Armored Dinosaur” Found in Canadian Mine”

  1. Elyzabeth Andersen on May 26th, 2017 11:34 am

    I was surprised to learn from reading your article that the fossil was well preserved from 110 million years ago.

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  2. heba kharouf on May 26th, 2017 12:06 pm

    I liked this article because it gave me a lot of detail about this dinosaur.

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  3. Matthew Nguyen on May 28th, 2017 5:46 pm

    After reading this article, I would like to know more about how they found the fossil. Was it purely luck or did they use tools to actually find the fossil?

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  4. Cindy Wang on May 29th, 2017 8:10 pm

    After reading your article, I would like to know more about the most well preserved fossil ever found, if this is not the most well preserved.

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  5. Bethany Barks on June 1st, 2017 11:21 am

    Wow, this is completely amazing. How did they find it though?

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